Rosie

From left: Pennsylvania DAR State Regent Elizabeth Watkins, Levittown resident Mae Krier, and Pennsylvania DAR State Community Service Chair Holly Hayick, as Mrs. Krier receives the DAR Community Service Award. All are wearing one of Mrs. Krier’s “Rosie the Riveter” masks, which she donated to all the DAR ceremony participants. Photo courtesy of Sara Jane McCurdy.

Levittown resident Mae Krier was honored at a recent outdoor ceremony with the DAR Community Service Award presented by the Pennsylvania State Society Daughters of the American Revolution (PSSDAR).

The award honors a person or organization that has contributed to the community in an outstanding manner through voluntary heroic, civic, benevolent service, or by organizing or participating in community activities.

Mrs. Krier, 94, was recognized for her ongoing service to the United States, which began at age 17 when she moved to Seattle to begin serving as a “Rosie the Riveter” during World War II, working in a Boeing factory to help make warplanes.

Since then, she has worked to have the “Rosies” recognized for their service, most recently lobbying for them to receive the Congressional Gold Medal. As the COVID-19 pandemic forced her to stay at home, she made and donated masks, many in the signature red-and-white polka dot material that symbolizes the head bandannas worn by the Rosies.

“Thank you for your service spanning more than 70 years,” said PSSDAR State Regent Elizabeth Watkins, of Boiling Springs, PA, who presented Mrs. Krier with a pin, certificate and corsage.

PSSDAR State Community Service Chair Holly Hayick, of Harleysville, PA, added, “The DAR Community Service Award allows us to honor and praise deserving volunteers in our communities. Today Pennsylvania State DAR is proud to give this award to Mae Krier.”

The ceremony, held in Mrs. Krier’s front yard in the Dogwood section of Levittown, was attended by approximately 30 people, including PSSDAR officers from across the state, members of the local Washington Crossing DAR chapter, and several national and state legislators.

U.S. Representative Brian Fitzpatrick, who co-sponsored the House Bill for the Congressional Medal, praised Krier as a “local treasure” and gave her an official U.S. House of Representatives certificate along with an American flag that had been flown over the U.S. Capitol. Fitzpatrick said he had personally helped to fold the flag.

Also attending and presenting certificates were PA State Senator Robert “Tommy” Tomlinson and PA Representative Tina Davis. U.S. Senator Robert Casey, co-sponsor of the “Rosie” bill in the U.S. Senate, sent greetings in a formal letter.

All knew Krier because of her efforts to get recognition for the Rosies, which have included four trips to the Pentagon, three trips to the Capitol, and visits to various parts of the United States.

Hayick described the Rosies as iconic working and patriotic women, noting that they filled wartime positions that were traditionally held by men, forever changing the role of American women in the workplace.

“And now Mae continues in another capacity when our communities and nation face another battle, one against COVID-19,” said Hayick. “She has orchestrated the making of several thousand masks to fulfill this need. Thank you for all your hard work.”

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